Need a Website?
We can help!
At Handmade WP, we build and host WordPress sites. Anything from a simple business card site, to e-commerce. We can help reinvigorate and migrate your existing site or help you build one from scratch.
WordPress is an open source platform which means it is powered by a large international community that consists of volunteers, tinkerers, companies small and large and anyone who is interested in democratizing publishing. WordPress, unlike proprietary CMS’s like Squarespace, Wix or Godaddy PageBuilder, can be installed and used on many different hosting platforms making it so that you own your data and your site.
We offer managed hosting options through 3rd party vendors as well as hosting on Amazon’s AWS servers, through our own managed services.
Isn’t WordPress for Blogging?
WordPress was first build around the idea of web logging, now more commonly known as blogging. Since 2003 WordPress has evolved to be more flexible to accommodate many different website needs. Real estate sites use WordPress to show agents and real estate listings, breweries use WordPress to highlight their latest brews and upcoming time based events.
But I Just Need a Simple Site
That’s great! WordPress can support that too and if you don’t even want an admin to update your site from your best option might be our design, build and ship offering, where we create a static website that is blazing fast.
But won’t people hack my site?
Maybe you’ve heard about people having problems with their WordPress sites in the past. This is a legitimate concern and I’m glad you brought it up. There’s a lot of reasons that WordPress sites have been compromised, some of them have very little to do with WordPress itself and have as much to do with the following:
- Website administrators using the same email and password on a variety of services
- For Example, if a site admin uses the same password for their email, file sharing, video streaming, commenting or other vendors that require logins. If that password gets leaked through another service it’s easy for a bad actor (aka hacker) to see if they can use any of those username and password combos in other login forms to try and gain access to things they aren’t supposed.
- Websites were not kept up to date
- The best analogy I’ve heard about a website is that it’s like a car. Yes you can buy it upfront, do no maintenance on it and expect everything to be fine for some time. But what happens 2, 3, 4 years down the road? An unmaintained car is going to start having problems, just like an unmaintained site. Our Design, Build & Ship offering is designed for folks who want a set-it-and-forget-it style website but if you want to be able to update your site yourself, add new products for e-commerce, add new events etc. then a maintenance contract with us will assure you that your site is up to date and if anything happens we will be ready to help fix any problems that come up.